Joseph Larmor
(1857-1942). From Queen's University in Belfast Larmor went to
Cambridge, where he bested Thomson in the mathematical exams.
After a stint teaching in Galway, Larmor spent most of his
career as a Cambridge professor. His elaborately mathematical
electrical theory of the late 1890s included the "electron" as
a rotational strain (a sort of twist) in the ether. Many
physicists envisioned both material particles and
electromagnetic forces as structures and strains in that
hypothetical fluid.
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